S.Korean president visits to recovering US envoy

U.S Ambassador Mark Lippert welcomes South Korean President Park Geun-hye after knife attack nearly a week ago.

S.Korean president visits to recovering US envoy

World Bulletin / News Desk 

U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert had a surprise visitor just a day ahead of his expected Tuesday release from Seoul’s Severance Hospital -- in the form of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Lippert needed more than 80 stitches after suffering knife wounds to his face and arm last Thursday -- police are investigating whether his assailant, arrested on multiple charges including attempted murder, was motivated by a connection to North Korea.

Park, herself the victim of a knife attack back in 2006 during an election campaign, told Lippert during her visit that her "heart ached” to think that he had gone through the same thing, according to local news agency Yonhap.

The president had already spoken to the recovering envoy on the phone while on a trip to the Middle East last week, and her meeting with Lippert followed similar demonstrations of support over the weekend by the leaders of South Korea’s main political parties.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Mart 2015, 13:29